Right now, my most awesome gadget award goes to my brand new (well, you know....my mom got it at a second hand store, but whatever) Goldstar BreadMachine! It is truly awesome!!
My bread maker of the past was good for one thing: making dough. Which was fine, I kinda enjoyed punching down the dough, shaping it, placing it in the bread pan, letting it rise again and baking it in the oven. Yet for convenience sake, not so good. I had to plan ahead and be available when it was done with the kneading. I have had some over-the-top-rising-explosions that were less than pleasant to clean up, let me tell you!
The fact was, my other bread maker just didn't make a good loaf IN the machine. This new machine makes great bread IN the machine (what a concept, eh?). It's only a 1 1/2 pound loaf - which equals about one meal of sandwiches for my kids (maybe w/ hubby & I too, not sure), but I could make one every single morning, it's that easy!
I found an on-line owner's manual (LOVE the internet!) and it has over 30 recipes. I've made their oatmeal bread, which my little ones ate up with butter & honey. I've also made a coffee cake with crumb topping - didn't go over as well, yet with some adjustments, I think it will go quite nicely with coffee for me and my lady friends! I just finished a "snack cake", which is basically just a small, kinda loaf-shaped cake. They have all different flavors, but I stuck with basic yellow for this trial. It is delicious (hope I don't get any on the keyboard) - nice and moist.
I also have some pizza crust dough kneading in there for tonight's dinner. It will make about 4 med./personal size pizzas, which is enough for my small brood (not counting my dh, he would have to get a second batch - speaking of which, I wonder if I could make up a whole bunch, and throw them in the fridge like for the next day??? Hmmmm....sounds like an experiment in the making.....). The love your basic cheese pizza. With sauce doctored up from Aldi's and minimal cheese, I've got a quick meal for a low cost! Whoo-hoo!!
Anyways, just wanted to share. They've also got sweet bread recipes: banana & pumpkin high on my list! Tons of different breads, lots that I've never even thought to try. And did I mention snack cakes? Did I? Mmmmmmm....delish!!
Got milk? I gotta go~